LOS ANGELES – LA Clippers had to wait 138 days, but eventually had to see what life was like with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George in court.
"That was — it was fun like hell" Amplified Patrick Beverley said he came from the playground.
Clippers needed to overcome a sloppy game that went overtime, but got their first victory with two award-winning All-Stars and gave the Boston Celtics only the third loss of season 107-104.
George had 25 points pointer for the second game in a row. Leonard, who played for the first time in three days' absence due to a crushed left knee, shot 7 to 20, but provided a block of killing the game on Kemba Walker 3 in the buzzer. Leonard registered 17 points, six rebounds and one soaked arena that shook over Daniel Theis.
Defensive stars defended the defenders of the Clippers (10-5) to live up to the preseason hype that they were suffocated. unit because Boston (11-3) managed to shoot only 39.4% of the pitch, including 12 out of 45 (26.7%) from behind.
"It was fun to see what this team could look like at the defensive end," George said, "and it was insulting to see how we can play with each other.
" The fact is, nobody pointed his fingers or slid from head to hair. … This team has never been broken. "
Clippers had only one shooting test with Leonard and George, who passed the starting unit together, namely George arrived Nov. 14 After the shoulder surgery and Leonard sitting in the last three matches, Clippers had no training time with these two players in their initial lineup.
they turned the ball 23 times with Leonard and George combined 10 of them when Celtics sent a duo trap.
But what other Clippers players learned was how open Lou Williams scored 27 points while Beverley remained alone. in several shots, drilling four 3-pointers, two of them come overtime. Beverley finished with 14 points, 16 rebounds and seven assists.
"I remember talking [coach] Doc [Rivers] pick-and-roll, I was open about it, I didn't know what to do," Beverley said. It's crazy. “
Leonard and George showed flashes of why they deserve this defensive attention. Leonard, who remained in regulation for just over three minutes, blew up Marcus Smart before he ascends and throws the bad one-handed dunk over Theis by 6 feet.
“The fact is, we are growing in pain, and I think the most positive thing is that we understand it. No one pointed their fingers or slid their heads into clumps … This team has never been broken. ' "
Clippers forward Paul George
The soaked rival LeBron James had at the Staples Center on November 15 when he promoted Sacramento's Nemanja Bjelica in Lakers' victory over the kings.
"It's crazy," Clippers center Ivica Zubac dunked about it. "… He jumped on him."
The soak and block at the end of the Walker game are the reasons why George told ESPN that he wanted to play with Leonard since 2017 when he asked Indiana Pacers to do business with him. to San Antonio. Spurs did not have enough funds to close the deal, according to league sources.
"I think this is the MVP final, man," George said about Leonard. “He knows when it's time to take over. He was there and won championships with several club clubs, so he knows how to stomp and put that foot on his opponent's neck, and that's what you saw him tonight. ”
wasn't enough for much of the game when Clippers occasionally trip over yourself. The Rivers players could smell victory in the air. Leonard missed 7 out of 10 3-point attempts and tried to get some shots before the trap attempts. George lost his legs and fell when Jayson Tatum (30 points) drilled a step back 3-pointer to tie the game to 97 and force overtime.
"It's almost just looking for spots and knowing games," Leonard said about what Clippers need to improve. “It's still difficult. We are both limited for a while; hard to get into the stream. But just know the games and notice each other's spots and tongue at the defensive end [will help]. Repetition is what we need right now. ”“
Leonard and George signed up every 37 minutes to get this win but needed all the help they received from their teammates.
"Load management certainly wasn't effective tonight," George broke.
"We need everyone," he added. "This is not a two-headed monster."